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Teaching Your Child To Read With Predictable Books

One of the key strategies of teaching reading to very young children is to engage them and excite them with the books that you read to them. For toddlers reading this can be achieved by using predicatable books such as the Bill Martin and Eric Carle Brown Bear, Brown Bear book. Approaches to reading vary but the kinds of books you choose with young children can help them to learn to read by gaining all those essential emergent reading skills.

Article about one of the key strategies of teaching reading to young child By Rebekah Kogelschatz

Children are habitual creatures. The more that is the same, the better they can understand and learn. That is why children learn to read with predictable books.

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A predictable book is one that is repetitive in the text or repetitive in the ideas. Bill Martin and Eric Carle Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a great example of a predictable book. The repeating text of "Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?" is great for emergent readers. They can predict what each page is going to say, learning that text moves from left to right, and remembering what each of the repeating words looks like.

Many people think that a repetitive book only teaches a child to memorize. That is true. Children learn to read by memorizing what words look like, or the pattern the letters make. They also learn to read by sounding words out. By memorizing the text, a child is learning that a /B/ is the beginning of Brown and a /b/ is the beginning of the word bear. The can form a relationship to the letter and the sound and use that knowledge another time when they see the "b." The memorization is an important part of learning to read.

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Repetitive ideas or themes are also a good way to help children learn to read. Series books, such as Bear About the Town, Bear at Home, Bear in the Sunshine, and Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone help children learn to read by repeating the same ideas of the bear through each book.

Series' books help children form connections between different books and can help them compare and contrast what is happening to the character. All of these elements are important in learning to read.

One of the strategies of teaching read is helping your child learn to read by providing repetitive books. This will give your child the confidence to read. The confidence is from the ability to predict what is coming next, even if at first they are "pretending" to read. The repeating text and ideas will help them form connections between what they see and what they hear. This is a fun way to encourage reading.

Who Wrote This Article?

Rebekah Kogelschatz is a gifted education teacher. She has taught all grades from pre-school to 8th grade in all subject areas. She is a co-founder of the site You can learn more about Rebekah by visiting her blog, To find out more about series books, like Bear about the Town, visit her Barefoot Books website at

The Why, The What and The How

Strategies of Teaching Reading

The Why
Reading to your baby is really important but you may be wondering why.
Here are some good reasons to read to your baby as often as you can.

The What
It is important to choose a book that is appropriate for your baby's stage and development as well as their interests.
What are the best books to read to your baby?
What books would be ideal in your babies first book collection?

The How
There are many ways you can read with your baby while also helping them develop  a love for reading.

Find some great ideas on how you can read to your baby.

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